FUTONS FOR LESS LTD. / THE BIRKENSTOCK STORE WAS FOUNDED IN CALGARY IN 1986 BY ZEKE CALLAGHAN
Zeke started hand-making Western-style futon mattresses and sofa/bed frames because they were comfortable
and practical, and began selling Birkenstock® sandals because he liked wearing them. When his first shop - an old house
on 17th Ave SW - was slated for demolition, he moved to Kensington Ave in 1990, then in 1995 to his present shop at
#109 - 14th Street NW Calgary.
Zeke's small family-run local business became known as the quaint old house in Kensington that made and sold futons, plus fitting and selling Birkenstock® sandals. Over the years, Zeke built up a reputation of superb customer service and excellent product knowledge based on two quality products that were related to comfort - for the body and for the feet.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
- attributed to Aristotle
Until April 2019, we were the last Western-style futon mattress manufacturer in Alberta. We hand-made our futons on site in our shop. When our excellent cotton supplier in Burnaby, BC, retired in early 2019, we considered getting cotton directly from the USA, or through our futon frame supplier in Ontario. The logistics were impossible. We realized the best course was to retire from futons and focus on the Birkenstocks.
At this time, we have the largest selection of Birkenstock® sandals, clogs and Blue Footbeds in stock in Western Canada. We receive regular orders from Serum International Inc., our Canadian distributor in Quebec. We take pride in ensuring you are fitted correctly in Birkenstock® footwear and will be happy to order your particular size and style if we do not have it in stock.